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Playlist: Listen to Concerts

Compiled By: Micah Whetstone

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Eclectic Ensemble & Music of the Sun

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 27:45

Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. The group has been performing its Music of the Sun project for two years, and was recorded live at Minnehaha Falls last summer. Awarded a 2011 Community Arts Grant, the trio will perform at outdoor locations across the Twin Cities from May through October. Hear selections from Music of the Sun, as well as commentary from band members Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance. Produced for KFAI by Nancy Sartor and Dan Zamzow.

Eensemble1_small Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. The group has been performing its Music of the Sun project for two years, and was recorded live at Minnehaha Falls last summer. Awarded a 2011 Community Arts Grant, the trio will perform at outdoor locations across the Twin Cities from May through October. Hear selections from Music of the Sun, as well as commentary from band members Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance. Produced for KFAI by Nancy Sartor and Dan Zamzow.

Charlie Parr, with Nikki & the RueMates

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 30:31

Live concert featuring Charlie Parr and Nikki & the RueMates, recorded at the 331 Club on July 2, 2010. Part of Jackson Buck's Freewheelin' First Fridays.

Parr2_small Folk and blues master Charlie Parr performs live at the 331 Club as part of Jackson Buck's Freewheelin' First Fridays. With Nikki & the Ruemates.

Minnesota's (other) musical troubadour: Paul Metsa

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 26:30

Paul Metsa has many guitars, wears many hats. He cut his musical teeth on Minneapolis' West Bank in the early '80s, and has taken his passion for music and activism on the road--a place he calls the Blue Guitar Highway, and the title of his memoir published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2012. This year he began hosting his own weekly radio show, the Wall of Power Radio Hour, on AM950. In this KFAI audio documentary, producer Britt Aamodt talks to Metsa about music, his influences, the Iron Range, social activism and, of course, guitars. For more information, visit blueguitarhighway.com.

Paul_small Paul Metsa has many guitars, wears many hats. He cut his musical teeth on Minneapolis' West Bank in the early '80s, and has taken his passion for music and activism on the road--a place he calls the Blue Guitar Highway, and the title of his memoir published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2012. This year he began hosting his own weekly radio show, the Wall of Power Radio Hour, on AM950. In this KFAI audio documentary, producer Britt Aamodt talks to Metsa about music, his influences, the Iron Range, social activism and, of course, guitars. For more information, visit blueguitarhighway.com.

Cornbread Harris: profile & live concert

From KFAI | Part of the MinneCulture series | 28:20

At 83-years-old, Cornbread Harris is still gigs regularly in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he's also renowned for his famous son--music producer Jimmy "Jam" Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani.

Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist.

He is currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris" by Thomas Zocher. Profile produced by Michelle Bruch; concert produced by Daniel Zamzow with production assistance by Nancy Sartor.

Cornbread_by_chuck_ryan_small At 83-years-old, Cornbread Harris is still gigs regularly in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he's also renowned for his famous son--music producer Jimmy "Jam" Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani.

Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist.

He is currently the subject of a documentary titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris" by Thomas Zocher. Profile produced by Michelle Bruch; concert produced by Daniel Zamzow with production assistance by Nancy Sartor.